Twitter prepping major refresh of its mobile apps

Twitter prepping major refresh of its mobile apps

Twitter is apparently preparing a major redesign of its mobile applications. The new design is set to debut at some point following the launch of iOS 7 on Wednesday. The tabs at the bottom of the screen will be gone, and users will instead swipe between four different content streams, according to All Things D:

There will be a main, reverse-chronological stream like users are currently familiar with, as well as a stream for interactions between other users and conversations they’re having. Notably new, there will also be a stream dedicated entirely to photos shared on Twitter (an idea that Facebook included with its segmented News Feed redesign months ago).

The new Twitter app will place a larger emphasis on photos and videos, moving towards a more visual experience. Twitter is also reportedly working on a stream that will focus exclusively on TV-related content. Many already use Twitter to talk about their favorite program in real time, and some programs even have hashtags people can use in the corner of the screen to encourage this behavior. But Twitter also hopes to encourage new people to use Twitter after they see the hashtages and "@" all over TV ads.

The focus on more visual content is an effort by Twitter to keep users coming back. While Facebook, Pintrest, and Instagram have all kept users around by focusing on photos and videos, the text-heavy Twitter, generally sees a quarter of their reported one billion accounts return to the service regularly.

Does this update appeal to you, or did you leave the official app behind in favor of third-party apps, never once looking back?

Source: All Things D

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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Some people only use twitter occasionally and for them the stock app is fine. If you're a power user though there's definitely better options out there like Tweetbot.

stock feels like a sloppy version of the webpage which is ugly and unintuitve
limited customization options
conversation view and searching sloppy looking
too many ads

i feel like the main app is for the way too mainstream people who just want to know whats popular as opposed to actually communicating

I'm with you guys. I poked around in Tweetbot on a friend's phone, but aside from better list management/viewing I couldn't find any huge benefits.

What it likely comes down to is we're using Twitter differently. If nothing irritates you about the stock Twitter app, then it's probably not "broken" for the way you use Twitter.

Because the stock Twitter app is designed for new users of Twitter who want to follow Britney Spears. The layout is more for that segment of users.

I've been using the stock app up till now due to pure inertia, but these new changes may well be what finally pushes me over to Tweetbot. It's a shame if Twitter doesn't recognize the thing it was uniquely good at and keeps changing to imitate other services -- much like Google's ongoing efforts to shed what made Google special in an desperate attempt to reinvent itself as a Facebook clone.

I'd say I'll continue using Tweebot, however I am keen to try out this Twitter update and see how I like it.

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Hopefully they'll finally introduce syncing and muting... as their apps are unusable as they are now...

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